Let's see - on one hand you have your principles and other the other there's a prestigious recruit.
Which do you value more?
Right now this kid's holding all the cards so you offer his buddy a schollie even though he's not deserving of one. Once you've got his signature then you're holding the cards & you lay down the law. No brainer, imo.
Exactly.When a school offers a scholarship with conditions (ex: you can have a scholarship if you greyshirt or you can have a scholarship if you agree to switch from QB to S) nobody has an issue. This kid is simply flipping that script and offering his services with conditions.
+1.I don't understand how anyone could ever be upset about this. He's fully within his rights to ask for whatever he wants (within the rules) and they are fully within their rights to comply and/or watch him leave to go elsewhere. There are no victims in this situation. The average player has almost no leverage, so it's good to see someone taking advantage of what little power they do have.
I guess I wouldn't say he's not deserving of a scholarship. The guy has offers from several other D1 schools. It's not like it's some guy who only has an offer from UMD.
I don't have a problem with this because as others have mentioned, Clemson can say no. Let him go to Ole Miss and play in the Egg Bowl every year and a mediocre bowl game. Or if the guy is adequate, sign him and see what happens. Maybe it turns out to be the best player they sign.
The situation reminds me of Minnesota signing CDH's QB and Michael Floyd's girlfriend in an attempt to get Floyd to sign here.
This kid just de-committed from Clemson:
As CRG mentioned, we did the same thing with J. Johnson and JD Pride. We were also Da'Jon McKnight's only BCS offer (his only other offer was LaTech) in order to encourage Cooper, Reeves and Stoudermire to head north. This happens all the time.
Georgia State, Tulane, Arkansas State and Southern Miss aren't in the same league as Clemson. Just saying he's not worthy of a scholarship on his own merit.
I'd be happy to give his buddy a schollie to land him. I was happy to give Johnny Johnson a schollie to get Brandon Green & I was happy to give JD Pride a schollie to try & lure Seantrell Henderson. I also don't begrudge the kid making demands now while he has a window of power or begrudge the team for sucking every drop they can get out of him once they've got his signature.